DIA Says ISIS Took Advantage of Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria, Baghdadi Death Did Not Degrade Jihadi Group by Shawn Snow – Military Times
The Defense Intelligence Agency said that ISIS took advantage of Turkey’s October 2019 invasion of northern Syria and increased attacks by nearly 20 percent, according to an inspector general report.
Officials from Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, pushed back on that, saying that DIA based its information on propaganda. There is agreement, however, on one thing: The death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi did not degrade the jihadi group.
The DIA said in the IG report, that following Turkey’s military operation to rout out Kurdish militants in northern Syria, ISIS self-claimed actions rose from a monthly average of 55 attacks to 66 attacks.
The DIA detailed in the report that the figures of ISIS claimed attacks were pulled from the group’s online claims…